Candid cams for rugby cup

12.04.03: WALES won the Six Nations Cup at Cardiff Millennium Stadium yesterday in a thrilling match filled with high-tech firsts.

The 30-12 victory over Italy was the first time Sky used its new ball-and-player cameras, as well as tiny helicams allowing viewers to watch the game from almost anywhere in the stadium.

A tiny radio transmitter relays high-res video from the ball, allowing viewers to select their own view. The playercams, mounted on each player's headband, were also judged a success, despite two cameras being smashed during a head-butting incident in the second half.

Sky said that audiences had shown a clear preference for the view from the seven 5cm cameras which hovered above the pitch. The helicam 'pilots' reported that the cameras' player-avoidance systems worked perfectly.

Sky now hopes to offer match sponsors control of their own camera for the duration of the game. MP

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